Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2018

100% Chardonnay from four of Felton Road's vineyards; Cornish Point, Calvert, MacMuir and The Elms, located in the Bannockburn area of Central Otago.

The grapes were whole bunch pressed with the juice immediately flowing to barrel by gravity with no settling. Fermentation in French oak (mostly well-seasoned barrels) with indigenous yeasts has produced a wine with considerable complexity. A long and complete indigenous malolactic fermentation with only periodic stirring of the lees (Batonnage) combined with 10 months on full lees; has softened the acid for a rich and complex mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Comments

An inviting and complex nose of almond and apricot kernel with our distinctive white florals. It’s less citrus focussed than normal, expressing more in the stonefruit spectrum due to the warmer 2018 growing season. Winemaking is minimalist: not fined or filtered, allowing for greater expression of place over process. The various vineyard components of this Bannockburn bottling contribute to a palate that is textural, nutty and very long. 

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